UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdallah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has asserted that the occupation by Iran of the three Emerati islands (Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Moussa), is no different than the Israeli occupation of Arab, land because there is no Arab land more valuable than another land.

FM Sheikh Abdallah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton

Al-Nayhan said the Iranian occupation of the islands since 1971 represents a negative element in the relations between the two countries, and shall remain “painful to every citizen of the state.”